It’s that time of year again and we are pumped! Cottonwood Institute will be teaming up with Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) to help complete much needed trail maintenance and ecological restoration projects on the beautiful and majestic Mt. Evans the weekend of August 12-14, 2011.
This free volunteer opportunity is for adventurous and mellow folks alike, who want to blend their passion for the outdoors with their passion for generosity, by giving back to the land that constantly gives to us. We will set up our base camp at Echo Lake Campground and drive up to our site on Mt. Evans each day.
While the days will be action packed, there will be plenty of time in the afternoons and evenings for relaxing at our base camp, hanging out, philosophizing, and having good old-fashioned fun. You will be able to work on projects at your own pace, so make this experience as mild or as wild as you want.
This course is limited to 12 participants and spots are filling fast so Register Today! This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and for everyone to walk their talk and give back to the mountains that we all use and love. Click Here for a detailed itinerary and registration packet. To find out more about Cottonwood Institute visit us on the web at: CottonwoodInstitute.org.
Amidst the bustling halls of Lakewood High School, 10 brave students stood outside waiting for a school bus dressed in their winter best: winter hats, coats, and snow pants. Their indoor classroom was a thing of the past as they headed out with the Cottonwood Institute for a day trip to Echo Lake on Mt. Evans to practice winter survival techniques.
Thanks to a generous grant from Larry H. Miller Charities and gear donations from the Patagonia Store in Boulder, the students tackled a variety of skills including snowshoeing, snow shelters, winter medical tips, and fire-making techniques. They learned that shoveling was hard work, but their efforts paid off when they realized they had constructed their very own quinzhee snow shelter. The highlight of the day was the surprise medical scenario. The students’ quick-thinking skills were put to the test when their teachers wandered into base camp disheveled and disoriented forcing the students into action. With only a moments hesitation, the students determined the underlying cause and utilized their new skills to keep their teachers warm in a hypo wrap.
After an action-packed day, snowshoes and gear stored away, toes and fingers toasty warm, the students returned to Lakewood High School with serious bragging rights because of their new winter survival skills and knowledge of how to use them.
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Surrounded by the beauty of Echo Lake and Mt. Evans, the staff of Cottonwood Institute came together for an amazing staff training session.
Ford Church, the Founder and Executive Director, walked us through a variety of survival scenarios and taught us skills to last a lifetime. We teamed up to build survival shelters and started fires using several methods including strikers, one match, and the primitive bow drill method. We also practiced essential camping skills, such as how to properly set up base camp, and shared tips, techniques, and strategies for teaching these skills to a wide variety of audiences.
At the end of our day, we celebrated with a tasty outdoor potluck and camaraderie around the campfire with our friends from Colorado Fourteeners Initiatives (CFI) and hearty volunteers from our Mt. Evans Volunteer Project.
“I feel lucky to have met such dedicated instructors,” says Derek Rusnak, Cottonwood Instructor.
Cottonwood Institute’s Instructors are top-notch.
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